A la Paul Revere-style: Walmart is coming! Walmart is coming!
If you think Walmart coming to DC is some kind of godsend, then obviously you are clueless and need to watch the documentary “Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices” just to catch up with everyone else. So in light of this pending invasion, this Saturday evening, Classical Revolution‘s Columbia Players (classical and jazz string quartets, trios and duos) will perform an all-ages show at BloomBars to support the efforts of RespectDC in its attempts to have Walmart sign a community benefits agreement.
Classical Revolution is a total grassroots, ad-hoc, ad-libitum response to the lack of free, accessible chamber music in the nation’s capital. Live popular music like the rock, jazz, punk scenes overflow DC’s restaurants and bars, while classical has been confined to concert halls and museums – no longer. Classical Revolution aims to bring this timeless art to local venues and to the broader public.
Cheers for featuring musicians …
Mark Kapeluck – violin
Sara Boyce – violin
Jennifer Murray – viola
David Rabin – cello
Jeremy Bass – guitar
And this particular family-friendly performance is attached to another critical cause for locals … Walmart is coming. RespectDC is a is a coalition of grassroots-based organizations, pastors, workers, environmentalists, parents, students and community members concerned about the quality of life in DC’s communities and committed to securing decent, living wage jobs. So when they heard Walmart has plans to open four stores in Washington, D.C. (in Wards 4, 5, 6 and 7), believing that each community should get to decide whether a Walmart is appropriate for their neighborhood or not, RespectDC went into action.
RespectDC is working to educate community members about Walmart’s checkered track record of paying poverty-level wages; forcing competitors to close; causing a net loss of jobs; breaking its promises; and multiple lawsuits alleging that the company discriminates against female employees and engages in wage theft, including the largest sex discrimination class action in U.S history.
But don’t take their word for it — do your own homework!
RespectDC just wants to ensure that no Walmart is built here, unless the company shows that it respects DC by agreeing to an enforceable community benefits agreement guaranteeing that it will treat its workers with dignity, provide full-time living wage jobs with affordable health and retirement benefits, and help our neighborhoods improve their economic standing and quality of life. Amen.
This is a big deal, DC … so do your own homework. And if you want to support RespectDC’s awesome, voluntary work to educate and protect you, and enjoy some classical music and jazz with your family, come on out to BloomBars this Saturday for a doubly good cause!
Classical Revolution DC benefit concert for RespectDC
Saturday, July 16 · 8:30pm – 10:00pm
3222 11th St NW
$10 suggested donation
(to support RespectDC and BloomBars)